The main activities during the winter camp will be winter sports. The most important sports will be skiing and snowboarding but we will also offer a varied recreational program as sledding or ice skating. The program is suited for beginners as well as for expert skiers and snowboarders.
On a day of bad weather or as alternative to the winter sports we might plan excursions in the region, visit an indoor swimming pool, do contests or some workshops.
There will be opportunities for getting to know Switzerland and its inhabitants. We will, for example, spend time on Swiss songs, Swiss cooking recipes, as well as on typical Swiss games and sports.
We will make sure that the children have enough possibilities to organise their leisure time to play and discuss with their new friends.
But there is more: our summer camps are the best opportunities to make new contact with children of the same age living in a completely different part of the world. Our camp family is normally formed by about 36 to 42 children coming from more than a dozen different countries. Keep in contact with children all over the world and of different languages, this is a possibility which only the camps of The Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad can offer!
Each camp is led by an experienced camp leader. The camp leader is supported by an efficient kitchen team and several well qualified counsellors.
In each camp at least half of the camp leaders have a federal qualification as camp leader J+S Lagersport/trekking. The FYSA organizes these training courses to guarantee the quality in the camps. They look after the children during the whole day, organise the different activities and help them out if necessary, also during the leisure time.
All counsellors take part in our camps during their own holidays and with only a small compensation.
Participants come from all over the world and speak a wide range of languages (e.g. G, F, E, S, I). The team of leaders carry out the programmes in German, French and English. So the camp language does not depend on the language spoken in the camp location.
The holiday camps will be held in simple but well-equipped houses. Children
will be accommodated in rooms with three to eight beds depending on
the house and will eat together with the whole camp family. The children will
be expected to help in daily tasks such as drying dishes and keeping the